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Will pregnancy tests read positive when one is on birth control?

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Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: HCG & BCP

The pregnancy test measures HCG which is produced by an implanted embryo.
The test only becomes positive about 12 days after ovulation. The hormones of the bcp do not mask a pregnancy, so if you are pregnant then the pg test will be positive. It is possible that if you do not have menses on the bcp (some women do not bleed) then you may not realize that you are pregnant or when to test. Good luck.

In brief: HCG & BCP

The pregnancy test measures HCG which is produced by an implanted embryo.
The test only becomes positive about 12 days after ovulation. The hormones of the bcp do not mask a pregnancy, so if you are pregnant then the pg test will be positive. It is possible that if you do not have menses on the bcp (some women do not bleed) then you may not realize that you are pregnant or when to test. Good luck.
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Dr. Michael Opsahl
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: If pregnant

The pregnancy test may read positive if you are pregnant.
Pregnancy tests measure for beta-hcg, which is secreted by a fertilized egg and later by the placenta. Birth control is not 100% effective, and the possibility does exist that you may be pregnant. Check with your ob/gyn or family doctor to be certain.

In brief: If pregnant

The pregnancy test may read positive if you are pregnant.
Pregnancy tests measure for beta-hcg, which is secreted by a fertilized egg and later by the placenta. Birth control is not 100% effective, and the possibility does exist that you may be pregnant. Check with your ob/gyn or family doctor to be certain.
David Escobar
David Escobar
Answer assisted by David Escobar, Medical Student
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Dr. Michael Opsahl
The BCP will not mask a pregnancy. The HCG is not detectable in the blood stream until about 11-12 days after ovulation and embryo implantation. The failure rate for BCP is about 1% per year.
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